The Red Cap
After George Lance
Oil on Canvas
Overall size 24.5 x 26.5 inches
George Lance was a famous English painter of still-lives and portrait miniatures.
In 1847 he painted the famous ‘Red Cap’ which now hangs in Tate Britain.
This good quality version of his picture is the same size as the original.
‘During his lifetime, Lance was regarded as a worthy British successor to the great seventeenth and eighteenth century Dutch and Flemish still life painters. The strongly lit subject matter framed by an arched opening is directly inspired by the work of these masters. ‘Monkeyana’ pictures, in which the behaviour of monkeys is linked to human foibles, had a vogue in the early 1800s. Lance has given the monkey the red cap of liberty. The reference would have taken on particular significance in 1848, the ‘year of revolutions’ in Europe.’ Taken from the Tate display caption.
The Winsor and Newton canvas stamp dates the canvas somewhere between 1833 and 1882.